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Pronunciation News: Adult Adoptions
Watch the video and read the news for 6/10/2011. This news report focuses on "a," "an" and "the."
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people do not even think about adult adoptions; however, adult
adoptions are becoming more popular. A child who was raised in a foster
home sometimes chooses to go through the adult adoption process after
turning eighteen. An adult adoption gives the adopted person a sense of
belonging in a family. An adult may also choose to avoid abusive
parents and create a new life with a healthy family.
Study A, An and The
Use "a" and "an" for unknown or not particular nouns. Use "the" for known or plural nouns.
* Some grammar
uses are cultural. For you, "a sense" may not seem conditional. Rather
than trying to memorize cultural preference rules like this, here is a
tip: think of a phrase you might say and try to say it at some point
once a day for 7 days. After that, you will know it.
Pronunciation of A, An and The
Most American children are not taught the pronunciation rules for
these small words, i.e. when to pronounce "a" and when to say "uh" or
the difference in
"thee" or "thuh." British speakers are taught these rules. You will
notice that professional American speakers, like news reporters, may
use them--but most people switch from one sound to the other without
thinking about it.
If you learned the pronunciation rules as a young person, that's
great--you can use them. If not, I recommend speaking "uh" for "a" and
"thuh" for "the." These sound more natural and informal. Because most
American schools do not teach the pronunciation rules, people tend to
associate "a" and "thee" pronunciation with formality--and
Americans usually prefer to sound informal, even in business.
Do speak these small words quickly and lightly, as if they are part of
the words that follow them. This will help you to sound natural.
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